- Network: ABC
- Series Premiere Date: Jan 31, 1988
- Starring: Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Dan Lauria
"The Wonder Years" was a hit comedy series starring Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold the main character, a boy facing rites of passage on his way to adulthood. Kevin lives with his brother Wayne (Jason Hervey), his sister Karen (Olivia d'Abo), his father Jack (Dan Lauria), and his mother Norma"The Wonder Years" was a hit comedy series starring Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold the main character, a boy facing rites of passage on his way to adulthood. Kevin lives with his brother Wayne (Jason Hervey), his sister Karen (Olivia d'Abo), his father Jack (Dan Lauria), and his mother Norma (Alley Mills). Kevin grows up with his on-and-off girlfriend, Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar), and his best friend, Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano).The show had a successful 6 year run.Theme Song:
"With a Little Help From My Friends" by John Lennon & Paul McCartney -- performed by Joe CockerABC Broadcasty History:
January 1988 - April 1988 --- Tuesdays 8:30 October 1988 - February 1989 --- Wednesdays 9:00 February 1989 - August 1990 --- Tuesdays 8:30 August 1990 - August 1991 --- Wednesdays 8:00 August 1991 - February 1992 --- Wednesdays 8:30 March 1992 - September 1993 --- Wednesdays 8:00… Collapse
- Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
- Season 2 premiere date: Nov 30, 1988
- Episode Length: 30
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The most wonderful show this year. ... The writing is only one of the miracles taking place in "The Wonder Years." What is so great about the show, and so different, is the conception of the kid and the acting by Fred Savage. [25 Dec 1988]
Mar 4, 2017This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The first "season" (six episodes) of "The Wonder Years" does a great job of introducing the primary characters and the format of the show. In this second season, however, the show writers/producers really get down to the business of telling some tremendous stories.
In this season, Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) is in seventh grade in 1968, with all the cultural and familial milestones of being that age in that time. His on-again off-again relationship with Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) is a central focus, as is his relationship with father Jack (Dan Lauria), mother Norma (Alley Mills), brother Wayne (Jason Hervey), and sister Karen (Olivia D'abo). Best friend Paul Pffiefer (Josh Saviano) also plays a large role in his life.
Some of the highlights of this season include...
-The beginnings of a relationship between Kevin and Becky Slater (Crystal McKellar)...and what a hilariously complex pairing it is!
-Norma taking a pottery class that Jack isn't comfortable with.
-A Vietnam walkout
-The school bully, Eddie Pinetti (Robert Jayne)
-Karen joining the Hippy Movement
-Square-dancing physical education unit with "weird girl" Margaret Farquhar (Lindsay Fisher). Bats, anyone?
While that first mini-season served as an appetizer for what was to come, this season is where the writing/acting really starts to take off. Not since "All In The Family" had a show combined period topics with a perfect mix of humor and drama. There is not a single episode in this season that doesn't either make you laugh, cry, or think (and all those three things usually happen in EVERY episode!).
While "The Wonder Years" can best be enjoyed by "those who lived it", its themes of family, friendship, and coming-of-age are timeless and can be enjoyed by new audiences every year.
Thus, if you were intrigued by the first season of this show whatsoever, you will not be disappointed in its sophomore effort. As the characters grow and the years go by, the writing/acting perfectly change to meet them. Truly a gem of a show.… Expand